Risa Niigaki Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Risa Niigaki Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Risa Niigaki is a Japanese actress and singer who was born on October 20, 1988. She was a member of the Japanese pop group Morning Musume's fifth generation. Morning Musume was founded in 2001 by Ai Takahashi, Asami Konno, and Makoto Ogawa. She grew raised in Yokohama after relocating there when she was six years old. She was one of Morning Musume's longest-standing members, serving as the group's leader from October 2011 until her graduation on May 18, 2012.

Biography History

Niigaki was born in the Kanagawa prefecture of Yokohama. Before joining Morning Musume, she was the runner-up in the 'Kiss Girl Audition' to become the Tomy image girl. She participated in a Tomy Karaoke Machine commercial alongside the winner, Ai Hasegawa.

Niigaki, along with Ai Takahashi, Asami Konno, and Makoto Ogawa, became the fifth generation of Morning Musume in 2001. Tsunku, the producer of Morning Musume, stated that he chose Niigaki because she "shined during the final studio recording" for the audition song that all finalists had to sing. She made her debut and led on the group's 13th song, "Mr. Moonlight (Ai no Big Band)," making her one of the few Morning Musume members to do so. She debuted on their fourth album, 4th Ikimasshoi!. She also made her debut in a shuffle unit as part of Happy 7 in the summer of that year, alongside two other members of her generation (Ai Takahashi and Makoto Ogawa).

Later that month, all fifth-generation members were divided into subgroups. Niigaki, along with Asami Konno, was assigned to Tanpopo as a member of the third generation. The new lineup only issued one single before disbanding.

Niigaki, along with several other members of Morning Musume at the time, appeared in the 2002 drama Angel Hearts. In 2003, she joined Sakuragumi, who issued two songs before going dormant.

Niigaki was chosen in early 2007 to be a part of the Morning Musume Tanj 10nen Kinentai (10) unit, together with Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Maki Goto, and Koharu Kusumi, to commemorate Morning Musume's tenth anniversary. On January 24, 2007, their first song, Bokura ga Ikiru My Asia (My Asia), was released. Miki Fujimoto left from Morning Musume on June 1, 2007, and Ai Takahashi took over as leader, with Risa Niigaki serving as sub-leader.

Following the revelation of Nozomi Tsuji's pregnancy, Niigaki took over Tsuji's role as Athena in the Robby & Kerobby anime series. Niigaki was placed in the unit Athena & Robikerottsu in October 2007, alongside fellow Morning Musume member Aika Mitsui, as well as Saki Nakajima and Chisato Okai of Cute.

Then, in July 2008, it was reported that Niigaki and Ai Takahashi would play the 1970s idol J-pop duo Pink Lady in the TV drama Hitmaker Aku Y Monogatari. Morning Musume staged a version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with the Takarazuka Revue from August 6 to August 25, 2008, with Niigaki starring as the Prince. On February 12, 2009, it was announced that Morning Musume would be one of the first official guests of honour at the 2009 Anime Expo, the nation's largest anime convention. "The movies that Disney makes are full of dreams," Niigaki said in an interview, "but when I have children, I'd like them to know about war, the pain of death, and such things, so I hope they will watch [anime]." Niigaki also said that Sailor Moon was her favourite anime, claiming that "we copied the hairstyles and had a 'Sailor Moon' playhouse in kindergarten." Niigaki is one of four Morning Musume members who have been with the band for seven years or more (the others are Kaori Iida, Hitomi Yoshizawa, and fellow fifth-generation member Ai Takahashi). On January 17, 2009, Niigaki and Takahashi broke Kaori Iida's four-year record as the longest-serving members of Morning Musume. Later that month, Niigaki and Takahashi became the first members of Morning Musume to remain for eight years. Later, Niigaki was assigned to the new shuffle group ZYX-, which also included Koharu Kusumi, Maasa Sudo, Momoko Tsugunaga, Erika Umeda, Chinami Tokunaga, Saki Ogawa, and Ayaka Wada.

On January 9, 2011, Ai Takahashi announced her graduation from Morning Musume and Hello! ProjectHello! A project nearing the conclusion of their autumn 2011 performance tour. After Takahashi graduated, Niigaki would take over as Morning Musume's leader. After Takahashi graduated, Niigaki became the sole Hello! Project member who had joined before the Hello! Project Kids, and he holds the record for the longest-serving Morning Musume and Hello! Project member.

On the final day of their Spring Concert Tour, May 18, she would graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project in Nippon Budokan. Niigaki was the fourth member of Morning Musume to graduate from the Budokan. Niigaki and Aika Mitsui graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project on May 18, 2012. She delegated her leadership of Morning Musume to Sayumi Michishige.

Private life

Niigaki began dating Yoshikazu Kotani in 2013 after they appeared together in the stage production Absolute Boyfriend. They tied the knot on July 11, 2016, after dating for two years. On January 6, 2018, both announced on their blogs that they were divorcing due to growing apart.
Niigaki announced her remarriage to YouTube cinematographer Yasutake Yamaguchi on June 30, 2022.



#TitleRelease datePublisherISBNPhotobook information
5 - Morning Musume 5 Ki Generation Member Shashinshū (5 モーニング娘。5期メンバー写真集)2002-08-16Wani BooksISBN 4-8470-2721-3Photobook starring all of the 5th generation members
1Niigaki Risa (1stソロ写真集「新垣里沙」)2004-10-07Wani BooksISBN 4-8470-2827-9First solo photobook
2Ama Natsu (2ndソロ写真集「あま夏」)2006-06-25Wani BooksISBN 4-8470-2941-0Second solo photobook
3Isshun (3rdソロ写真集「一瞬」)2007-05-27Wani BooksISBN 4-8470-4013-9Third solo photobook
4Happy Girl (4thソロ写真集「Happy Girl」)2008-04-25Wani BooksISBN 4-8470-4080-5Fourth solo photobook


  • 2007-06-13 – Alo Hello! Niigaki Risa DVD (アロハロ!新垣里沙 DVD)
  • 2009-01-21 – Alo Hello! 2 Niigaki Risa DVD (アロハロ!2 新垣里沙 DVD)
  • 2010-07-14 – Alo Hello! 3 Niigaki Risa DVD (アロハロ!3 新垣里沙 DVD)



  • 2002 – Tokkaekko (とっかえっ娘。)
  • 2003 – Koinu Dan no Monogatari (子犬ダンの物語)


  • 2002 – Angel Hearts
  • 2002 – Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de (おれがあいつであいつがおれで)
  • 2008 – Hitmaker Aku Yū Monogatari as Kei from Pink Lady

Television shows

ShowStart dateEnd date
Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。)2001April 1, 2007
Tin Tin Town! (ティンティンTown!)July 5, 2002March 26, 2004
Sore Yuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ)September 29, 2003December 26, 2003
Futarigoto (二人ゴト)July 1, 2004July 2, 2004
July 23, 2004July 29, 2004
Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝)October 21, 2004November 10, 2004
Musume Dokyu! (娘Dokyu!)June 13, 2005
Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)April 8, 2007September 28, 2008


ProgramStart dateEnd date
Tanpopo Henshūbu Oh-So-Ro! (タンポポ編集部 Oh-So-Ro!)September 24, 2002September 23, 2003
TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ)April 1, 2005April 15, 2005
July 25, 2005August 5, 2005
Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!)June 10, 2005June 24, 2005

Risa Niigaki – Biography, Facts & Life Story

Body Measurements29-23-32 Inches
Height5 feet 0 inches (1.54 m)
Weight45 kg (99 lbs)
Waist23 Inches
Hair ColorBrown
Eye ColorBlack
Age34 years old (in 2023)
Date of BirthOctober 20, 1988
Full NameRisa Niigaki
ProfessionActress, Singer
BirthplaceYokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Zodiac SignLibra

Risa Niigaki Education

Qualification: High School Graduate

Risa Niigaki Career

Profession: Actress, Singer

Known For: Promise Cinderella

Net Worth: $11 Million Approx

Family & Relatives

Marital Status: Single

Past Relationships:

Yoshikazu Kotani (m. 2016–2018)

Her ex-husband Yoshikazu Kotani

Risa Niigaki Favorites

Favorite Destination: Ireland

Favorite Food: Chili crab

Favorite Color: Pink

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